Mail service in Dayton Ohio was interrupted due to a spike in vicious dog encounters. In the Dayton View neighborhood, dog bites climbed from two last year to eight this year. According to John Bedell of the WHIO News, dogs run loose in certain Dayton, Ohio neighborhoods. Mail carriers have been bitten and menaced so much so that mail delivery seems to have become a high stakes contact sport. Dayton Ohio dog owners, as well as dog owners nationwide, need a wake up call. Dog bites will culminate in the loss of dog ownership rights.
Ten years as a dog groomer and trainer, several as a pet sitter, dog show experience, one time breeder, and time in retail pet supply sales label me a dog lover. There’s no mistaking that love when a person actually chooses a low pay, high stress job industry. That’s why it’s so distressing to read frequent reports concerning Dayton, Ohio dog bites, or dog bites anywhere. With responsible dog ownership, it’s preventable. If we want to protect our right to own the breeds of our choice, or any animal, we must take responsibility and prevent dog bites.
Breed Specific Legislation
All the arguments entitled “the deed, not the breed” and “owners to blame” are correct. Regardless of how readers feel about pitbulls, it’s all about owner responsibility. The Dayton Ohio dog bites appear to be the result of widespread irresponsible dog ownership. Some Dayton area dogs appear to be poorly secured, poorly trained, and poorly socialized. Where does the fault lie and what affect could this have on dog owners?
“On December 19, 2006, the LaGrange City Council approved an ordinance dealing with pit bull dogs.”
Breed specific ordinances are a fact. Despite feelings that vicious dogs have far more to do with irresponsible dog ownership than any specific breed, the action of cities like Lagrange, Georgia are more understandable in light of frequent spikes in dog bites. It could be worse.
“DENVER – A few weeks ago, two police cars and two animal control vehicles pulled up at the home of Stef’ny Steffan looking for her beloved 4-year-old pit bull, Xena. Seven officers hauled the animal off to the city shelter, putting her on death row. (Associated Press)”
Denver, Colorado made national news when it enforced a tough breed specific ban and very broad definition of pitbull. Some people applaud the effort; many others abhor officials for their viciousness in destroying pets with no prior record of attack. I’m one of them. That said, this overreaction is an expression of frustration with too many dog bites.
Dayton Ohio Dog Bite Problem Exemplifies a Nationwide Problem
“DAYTON, Ohio —A female postal worker was delivering mail on Monday afternoon, when a pit bull charged through the front door of its house on the 600 block of Pritz Avenue in Dayton.” Danielle Elias
In the above dog bite case, the postal worker was not the first victim. At the time of this particular dog bite incident, the owner was across the street, and enlisted the help of a neighbor to remove the dog.
There are a couple of things wrong with this scenario. The Dayton dog charged through the front door, which was apparently unlocked or otherwise not secured.
This was not the first time that particular dog bit. In this case, the owner is said to be “considering” putting the dog down. Clearly, he could not handle the dog on his own. For this dog owner, and any others who cannot handle their own dog, it may be time to consider a different breed, or better yet, a different animal.
Dayton Ohio Pitbulls Are Not the Real Problem
Dayton Ohio comes under fire for dog bites most recently, but Dayton residents are not the only culprits. Surely, all Dayton residents are not irresponsible dog owners. Yet they will be effected just as surely as if they bit the mailman.
Breed specific legislation is not the answer, because those who refuse to take responsibility can buy other breeds. Cane Corsos, rottweilers, German shepherds and mastiffs have all come under fire in the news. Likewise dachshunds, golden retrievers, and labrador retrievers. Yes, even the so-called docile breeds have bitten and even killed. That’s because they are dogs. That makes them just as subject to human error as any other breed, and just as likely to inflict dog bites.
Dog Owners in Dayton Ohio, and Everywhere
Dog owners everywhere, responsible dog lovers implore you. Don’t complain, train. Learn what makes your dog tick. Forget about logging chains. Socialize. Spay and neuter your pets if you are not very well educated in your breed. So, You Want to Be a Dog Breeder details why that endeavor is not as easy as it seems.
As tiresome as they’ve become, all the buzz words are there for a reason. If you don’t have time to work with your dog to prevent dog bites, to ensure its comfort and health, buy a hamster. Consider a snake – they require infrequent feeding and simple housing. Irresponsible dog owners endanger both humans and dogs. Irresponsible Dayton, Ohio dog owners, and dog owners across the nation, must stop inflicting their inadequacies on the rest of the community.